"US forces have been searching for a kidnapped Iraq-born soldier
Iraq's prime minister has ordered the lifting of all US and Iraqi military checkpoints around the Shia stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad.
US forces put a security cordon around the area recently as they carried out searches for an abducted soldier.
The week-long restrictions have caused increasing resentment in the densely-populated suburb.
Nouri Maliki, the prime minister, said he was lifting the measures to allow traffic to flow around the city.
"The prime minister, in his capacity as commander in chief of the armed forces, has decided to lift the blockade of the access roads to Sadr City and other areas of Baghdad," his office said in a statement.
His announcement came shortly after radical Shia cleric, Moqtada Sadr, called for a general strike to protest against the blockade.
The district is largely controlled by the Mehdi Army, a militia led by Moqtada Sadr.
A US military spokesman said that he was not aware of the order but told the AFP news agency that any concerns of the prime minister would be addressed "at the highest command levels".
The area has seen brief clashes between US forces and the Mehdi Army since the blockade was imposed.
The Iraq-born US serviceman was seized last Monday after leaving his base inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone to visit Iraqi relatives in the city."
Comment by Desert Rat says: It is Mr Maliki's country, after all.